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Adopting total quality management to enhance service delivery in medical records: Exploring the case of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana

Emmanuel Adjei (Department of Information Studies, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana)
Monica Mensah (The Balme Library, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana)

Records Management Journal

ISSN: 0956-5698

Publication date: 18 July 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to determine the extent to which total quality management (TQM) initiatives can improve the quality of services delivery at the medical records unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) to help meet the expectations and aspirations of patients and customers of the hospital.

Design/methodology/approach

This research adopted the survey strategy as its research design. The total study population consisted of 114 medical records staff of the KBTH. Questionnaires and personal observations were employed as the data collection instruments. The study recorded a response rate of 98 per cent. Data gathered from respondents were analysed in qualitative terms.

Findings

The overall finding of this study was that, although the medical records department of the KBTH had a fair degree of understanding on the benefits of TQM to records management service delivery, the exiting values for TQM did not meet the framework of good TQM practice, principles and standards.

Research limitations/implications

Even though the subjects for the study were from the biggest hospital in Ghana, the findings of this study may not be generalised to the whole country.

Practical implications

The study has demonstrated the need for the medical records department of the KBTH to have and develop good TQM standards to improve the quality of services to patients and varied customers of the hospital.

Originality/value

The literature reviewed indicated that this study is a maiden attempt to examine how TQM initiatives including sensitivity, customer satisfaction, commitment of top management, team work, effective leadership and participatory management, people development and effective and open communication can improve the quality of medical records service delivery at the KBTH in Ghana.

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Citation

Adjei, E. and Mensah, M. (2016), "Adopting total quality management to enhance service delivery in medical records: Exploring the case of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana", Records Management Journal, Vol. 26 No. 2, pp. 140-169. https://doi.org/10.1108/RMJ-01-2015-0009

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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